Monn sworn in as new Borough Council member

June 16, 2005|by RICHARD BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Stephen L. Monn, who lost a bid for a Borough Council seat in the May 17 primary, was appointed to take the seat of Councilman A.J. Benchoff, who resigned May 18.

Monn, 58, director of technology at St. James School in Hagerstown, was chosen over three other applicants for the Ward 3 seat.

Monn, who lives at 126 W. Main St., was appointed on a 5-1 vote.

Council President Charles "Chip" McCammon cast his vote for former Councilman Al Porter.

Porter, 85, stepped down from the council two years ago. His seat was won by Benchoff.

"I went for five years experience over no experience," McCammon said in explaining his vote for Porter.

Monn was beaten by Craig Newcomer in the primary for the other Ward 3 seat occupied by Councilman John Cook. Cook is not seeking re-election in November.


Monn was sworn in by Mayor Louis M. Barlup Jr. at the start of Wednesday's council meeting and immediately took his seat.

He cast his first vote to approve the minutes of recent council sessions.

Monn said after the meeting that he was happy to be a member.

"I want to settle in," he said.

Monn originally ran because "of all the things happening in the borough, especially all the new development," he said.

"I'm very interested in that," he said.

Monn only will serve until Dec. 31. He said he will run for the seat in November.

Monn, or whoever wins, will serve the remaining two years of the four-year term that Benchoff won in November 2003. He took office Jan. 1, 2004.

Submitting their names to the council for Benchoff's seat, in addition to Monn and Porter, were Michael Forney, 38, of 123 W. Third St., a member of the borough's recreation board, and Benjamin Greenawalt, 72, a retired Waynesboro postal letter carrier.

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